Sesame Street Releases Resources for Families Going Through Divorce
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- A Parent/Caregiver Guide providing helpful resources, language, and advice for discussing divorce with children and helping them navigate changes
- A Children’s Storybook, Two-Hug Day, about a young boy named Niko who is transitioning between his parents’ two homes
- An online toolkit at sesamestreet.org/divorce providing access to all project resources, as well as additional online-only materials:
- An Extended Family & Friends tip sheet
- Webinars and online discussion sessions for service providers and families
- A Facebook page called Sesame Street in Communities
- A mobile app: Sesame Street: Divorce, featuring resources for parents and caregivers
“With the frequency of children experiencing divorce and/or separation today, it is critical to help children understand that the feelings or questions they may have are typical and should be discussed with a parent or caregiver," says Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of outreach and educational practices at Sesame Workshop.
The resource kits will be distributed to military and veteran families through partnerships with Military OneSource, Department of Veterans Affairs, The USO, and The Military Child Education Coalition. These resources are also being distributed to families in the general public through national partnerships with organizations such the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. On a local level, distribution will reach children and their families through faith-based programs, school and after-school programs, counseling and mental health services, parenting programs, and child care systems. Military families can contact Military OneSource directly at militaryonesource.mil to request a kit.